Friday 22nd April 2022

Sharpness     A dark phase ARCTIC SKUA flew past N at 8:10am. (Paul Taylor). It was seen at WWT at 8:25am. (Tim Jukes/Paul Rich).

Cleeve Hill     12 RING OUZELS at the back of the Common near the sheep fields. Also a male Cuckoo taking caterpillars at the Bill Smyllie Reserve. (Graham Watson).

Ring Ouzel by Graham Watson

Ring Ouzel by Graham Watson

Cuckoo by Graham Watson

Frampton     At the pools an Egyptian Goose on Court Lake on one of the islands and a Whimbrel flew over. An adult summer LITTLE GULL until 3:30pm at least. (Ken Heron & Jenny Jones). At Splatt Bridge this morning low numbers of migrants still 34+ Sand Martins, a Swallow, a Grasshopper Warbler, a Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Cetti’s Warbler, two Chiffchaffs, two Marsh Harriers and a Roebuck swam across the canal. (MK).

Slimbridge     At Shepherds Patch two GLOSSY IBISES opposite the Dutch barn next to the canal at SO 72740 04303. They can be either side of the road. Please park in the free car park before the bridge SO 72895 04128. Do not block the farm gateways. (Tim Jukes).

WWT Slimbridge     The Spotted Redshank still but mobile around the grounds. A LITTLE GULL still on South Lake, also two Cattle Egrets. (Jonathan Bull/Paul Rich/Tim Jukes/Dot Jones).

Woodchester Park     This afternoon a singing male Redstart opposite the mansion. Also a Mandarin, 24 Tufted Ducks (17m, 7f), four Siskins, a Treecreeper, a pair of Ravens, a Tawny Owl hooting at 1:37pm and a pair of Muntjacs. (MK/Donna Cook).

Witcombe Reservoirs     Late morning 20+ Swallows and 20+ House Martins, just two Sand Martins, a Common Sandpiper and five Whitethroats. (Sam Walker).

Coombe Hill Meadows     This afternoon two Little Ringed Plovers, two Redshanks, two Yellow Wagtails, two Sedge Warblers, a Red Kite, a Whitethroat, a Raven, a White Wagtail and a juvenile Blackbird. (Colin Greenfield).

Bourton-on-the-Water     A Peregrine flew N from the Clapton area. Also a Cetti’s Warbler singing on private land near there. (Andy Lewis).

Ryeford to Ebley      Two pairs of Dippers, five Chiffchaffs, a Whitethroat, a Buzzard and eight Blackcaps (7m, 1f). (Paul Sutton).

Dipper by Paul Sutton

Lydney     A Red Kite flew up river past the harbour at midday. (Dan Watson).

About The Gloster Birder

My name is Mike King and have lived all my life in Gloucestershire. I am happiest birding around Frampton but I especially love Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. I have birded all over Europe, in the U.S.A. and Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Dominican Republic, The Gambia, Cape Verde, South Africa and most recently Zimbabwe and Botswana.
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